My intent in writing this work is to show the rich and varied nature of my family: Carmody and Dupuis, or my marriage family: Divirgilios or Lessards.

I ask your forgiveness in advance if you find anything offensive in these pages. It was not meant to be so. My attempts to portray the humor in our family also extend to self deprecation. Iím not afraid to reveal my own foibles as well as those of others. I started writing this in response to a suggestion from my nephew Shawn Carmody:

"Uncle Tom, youíve got so many family stories, you should write them down."

Shawn, here it is.

Finally keep this old Irish Carmody maxim in mind as you read these pages:

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.